SCSSC 2020

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UCSB Corwin Pavilion
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Sponsored by the Center for Scientific Computing at UC Santa Barbara.

Computer Modeling and Simulations are tightly integrated in the research that goes on at academic institutions.  However, is it also the case in the industrial/for profit world?

SCCSC 2020 brings together speakers from a wide variety of jobs to talk about how computer modeling and simulations are used in their lines of work and to also reflect on how different things they learned while in school helped, or what things they wished they had learned more about. This is a great opportunity to learn about what a scientific or engineering career outside of academics might be like.

Who Should Attend

Students, researchers, and post-docs who are interested in how simulations are used in the business world are encouraged to attend.   Past participants have said they came away with a better understanding of how computer simulations and modeling are used in industry, and have a more positive view of what their future careers might involve.  There is ample time for informal talking/networking with the speakers and other industry attendees.   Talks are wide ranging, but geared towards the general science student, and speakers will touch on what skills they found useful in their jobs.

There is time for mingling with the speakers and there is also a poster session at the end of the day where you can show off your research - and CSC will print your poster for free!

Date & Location

Tuesday February 4, 2020
9:00am - 5:30pm

Corwin Pavilion
UC Santa Barbara


Previous Conferences

Registration is free but required to attend

Registration is closed

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If you're a student coming from another campus, please contact us regarding possible travel scholarships.

Invited Speakers
  • Dr. Michael Carilli, NVIDIA,  Michael Carilli is a Senior Developer Technology Engineer on the Deep Learning Frameworks team at Nvidia. His focus is making mixed-precision and multi-GPU training in PyTorch fast, numerically stable, and easy to use. Previously, he worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory optimizing CFD code for modern parallel architectures.  He is a graduate of the Fredrickson group where he worked on GPU-accelerated simulations of polymer field theories.
  • Dr. Brendon Hall, Enthought, Brendon has more than 10 years of industry experience using scientific computing to solve problems in oil and gas exploration. His experience as a computational geologist at ExxonMobil and as a research geophysicist at ION Geophysical add to his background in software development to enable cross-functional discussions that drive business value across oil and gas organizations.  At Enthought he focuses on using visualization, simulation and machine learning to build transformative scientific tools.  Brendon holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering as well as B.Sc. in computer science from Western University in Canada.
  • Dr. Erin Lennon - Applied Research Associates  After receiving Bachelors degrees from both Scripps College and the University of Washington, Erin studied under Prof Glenn Fredrickson at UCSB. Seeking a better climate, she took a postdoc in the Northwestern University Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics department. Realizing that Chicago summers were simply too humid, she moved back to work a short stint at CNSI. In 2012, she fell off the grid entirely when she became a government contractor. She is now a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and Group Leader in the Santa Barbara office of Applied Research Associates. Her work revolves around abusing HPCs, answering urgent government requests, and racking up frequent flyer miles.
  • Dr. Bogdan Marcu - Aerojet-Rocketdyne  Bogdan Marcu is the Lead Principal for Turbine Aerodynamics with the Aerojet Rocketdyne Corporation leading efforts on AR1 and RS25 programs with focus on turbine development. He also spent over 5 years at the Space X Corporation as Lead Turbine Aerodynamics for Falcon-9, Merlin and Raptor programs. Over the last 20 years, Bogdan Marcu has been involved with several major aerospace propulsion programs. Here are several of his achievements. * anomaly analysis and redesign of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Fuel Turbine Flowmeter. The new meter has been flown for the first time the Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-117, June 2007, and is now operating on RS25 engines as standard design. * MB-60 Upper Stage Engine Turbine Design. The MB-60 program has evolved into the MBXX engine demonstrator. Fuel Turbo-Pump has been demo-tested at the MHI’s test facility in Tashiro, Japan, 2006. * anomaly analysis and redesign of the SSME LPOTP turbine nozzle. A complex problem with a narrow design space, the re-design involved lead and coordination with NASA Ames center (complex optimization of geometry) NASA MSFC (full 3-D CFD analysis) and AJ-R (dynamic and HCF analysis, design integration). * Space X Falcon-9 Merlin1D and MVacD turbines: supersonic turbine design with high efficiency via configuration optimization for the new Falcon-9 rocket family, in operation today on all Falcon-9 and Falcon-9 Heavy rocket family. * Raptor Demonstrator Engine turbine design – the demonstrator engine of 200klbf of trust is the precursor of the larger Raptor Engine powering the Starship Rocket. Both demonstrator Fuel and Oxidizer turbines operated at regimes of over 100% with perfect performance and robustness. Bogdan Marcu holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California (1996) and a Masters Degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (1984) from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics since 1992 and a Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee Member Since 2009.
  •   Prof. Doug Tree - Brigham Young University,  Prof. Douglas R. Tree is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from BYU in 2009 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2014. While in Minnesota he was advised by Prof. Kevin Dorfman and studied DNA confined in nanoscale geometries and its implications for both fundamental polymer physics and novel genomic devices. Following his time in Minnesota, he moved to the University of California Santa Barbara where he studied problems related to the dynamics of phase separation in polymeric materials with Prof. Glenn Fredrickson. Prof. Tree started his independent research group at BYU in 2017 using a variety of theory and simulation methods to study problems related to polymer dynamics and phase transitions in multiphase polymeric materials.
  • 8:30am Registration, coffee
  • 9:25am Opening Remarks
  • 9:30am - Dr. Brendon Hall, Enthought, "Transforming Business with Scientific Computing"
  • 10:20am - Dr. Bogdan Marcu  Aerojet-Rocketdyne  "Rocket Turbopumps, a history perspective and current trends in analysis"
  • 11:10am Dr. Michael Carilli, NVIDIA, "Deep Learning at the Speed of Light:  A New Frontier for Computational Scientists""
  • Noon - Lunch
  • 1:00pm - Panel discussion
  • 1:50pm Dr. Erin Lennon -  Applied Research Associates "Importance of Simulations in Defense--Critical Solutions for Untestable Problems""
  • 2:40pm Prof. Doug Tree -  Brigham Young University,  "The transition from student to professor: a simulation scientists' perspective."
  • 3:30pm - Reception and poster session